Commercial Driver’s License Out-of-State Conversion

This section provides the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ current transactional policy for converting an out-of-state commercial driver’s license.


While applying for a commercial driver’s license out-of-state conversion, the customer is required to complete his/her transaction at an RMV Service Center,  must pass a vision test and must present his/her current commercial driver’s license at the time of the transaction appointment.


When converting an out-of-state CDL, the written and road tests may be waived if the CMV operator is currently licensed at the time of his/her application, and the following criteria are met:


      An applicant must certify that, during the two-year period immediately prior to applying for a CDL he/she:

Does not have more than one driver’s license;

Does not have any license suspended, revoked, or canceled;

Does not have any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying offenses contained in 49 CFR § 383.51 (b);

Does not have more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for serious traffic violations; and

Does not have any conviction for a violation of State or local law relating to motor vehicle traffic control (other than a parking violation) arising in connection with any traffic accident, and has no record of an accident in which he/she was at fault; and no incidents of fraud relating to obtaining a driver’s license.

      An applicant must provide evidence and certify that:

He/she has operated a vehicle, representing a commercial motor vehicle the driver intend to drive

Can provide documentation proving citizenship or legal presence.


The following documentation must be provided for waiver consideration:


      Current out-of-state Commercial Driver’s License

      An original copy of a driving record from a previous state of licensure less than 30 days old, indicating that the customer has held a Commercial Driver’s License with no disqualifying events

      Verification of employment on company letterhead, which must contain dates of employment and class of vehicle operated

      Proof of residency in Massachusetts


If the above requirements are met, the customer can obtain a Massachusetts Commercial Driver's License without taking the general knowledge exam or a road test. If the customer cannot meet the above requirements, the out-of-state Commercial Driver’s License can be converted to a Massachusetts Class D driver’s license.  The out-of-state license must be surrendered at this time.  The customer may then apply for a Massachusetts Commercial Learner's Permit.  Customers must pass the written and road tests in order to obtain the Commercial Driver's License.


The conversion process is the same for all commercial motor vehicle classes (Class A, Class B, and Class C). However, note that some states issue non-commercial Class A, B, and/or C driver's licenses that do not qualify as Commercial Driver's Licenses under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's definition. These can only be converted into a Massachusetts Class D driver's license.


Expired Commercial Driver's Licenses cannot be converted. However, an out-of-state Commercial Driver's License that has been expired for less than four years can be converted to a Massachusetts Class D driver's license.


Transferring Endorsements


When a customer applies for a Commercial Driver's License out-of-state conversion, he/she may also choose to transfer the endorsements on the previous Commercial Driver's License. However, due to federal requirements, a H Endorsement is not transferable. To receive an H Endorsement on a Massachusetts Commercial Driver's License, the customer must reapply for the endorsement.